Gail and Brian were married at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch in Dardanelle, Ark. on September 21. “The boho-inspired wedding day was super unique and fit their personalities so perfectly,” said Lance of Shingleur Photography. “Every detail, from lighting a prayer candle at the guest book table to gold cow skulls in the reception, was executed based off these two’s crazy dreams.” Their first look? Extremely intimate! “Gail walked barefoot through a field blanketed in flowers as Brian stood waiting her arrival,” he said. “When she tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around, saw his bride for the first time, and was absolutely speechless.” The ceremony featured a ribbon backdrop, rustic tree stump aisle markers, and wooden pews for guests. Bridesmaids stood side-by-side wearing white dresses, accessorized with wreaths in their hair, while groomsmen did the same wearing gray suits, accessorized with cowboy hats. Following the reception, everyone enjoyed a wish lantern send off!
Brandy and Brock were married at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif. on August 10. A large part of their wedding was completely homemade — from the wooden signs that said, “God gave me you” (from the Blake Shelton country song) and wooden boxes used for centerpieces to the intricately stitched quilt signed by each guest and popsicle sticks written with date night suggestions. That wasn’t all! Since the groom is a pilot, he folded over 150 paper airplanes for guests to throw as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Keep in mind that the bride was wearing her mother’s veil too. In lieu of a traditional cake, mini pocket pies were served as desserts and salted caramels were given out as favors.
From the photographers: “The rustic backdrop of Honsberger Estates in Jordan Station was the stunning location that Sarah and Andrew chose for their wedding day. If love is shown in the details, then Sarah and Andrew out did themselves in showing how special they are to each other. From the burlap aisle runner to “made-with-love” preserves for guest favors to the wood-planked tables adorned with candle light, snapdragons, and rosebuds kept that elegant feel that Sarah and Andrew had hoped to achieve. Every gorgeous detail was so beautifully put into place creating a warm ambiance for their friends and family to enjoy as they became husband and wife.
The morning began with a surprise delivery of flowers to Sarah from Andrew as her aunt was putting the final touches on her classic updo. After hair and makeup was done, Sarah personally handed out the bridesmaids’ bouquets complete with a added, personal touch – a gift of a brooch made unique to each bridesmaid. Meanwhile, Andrew and the groomsmen enjoyed getting ready at a friends house nearby. Once the guys were ready, they had fun taking pictures complete with a vintage VW Beetle.
The old exposed beams and embedded stone made for the perfect setting for their simple ceremony. One of the highlights of the ceremony was when the guest were asked to join as they were led in a few worship songs that were close to the couple’s hearts, certainly a moment that will not be forgotten.
For there formal couple pictures, we scouted out a field and grove of birch trees allowing Sarah and Andrew a moment to step away from the guests and enjoy a moment as husband and wife, capturing those intimate images that they had been dreaming of.
As a special treat for their guests, Sarah and Andrew entertained their friends and family with a live band – The Postmen. From fun dinner music to their first dance and some crazy fun on the dance floor, The Postmen kept the party rocking and did an amazing job. To top of their amazing day, Andrew had a little secret that he had been planning for Sarah. As night fell and the party came to an end, Sarah and Andrew got ready to exit with sparklers and guests waving goodbye. Unbeknownst to Sarah, Andrew had arranged for some of the groomsmen to be hiding out in a local field with fireworks. As they drove away, the sky was lit up.” — Mike and Jenny Vinson of VP Studios Photography
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
The biscuits and the fried chicken! Loveless Café is featured on all sorts of food television shows for their famous biscuits and fried chicken. One bite and we knew we had to have our reception there. Our friends and family still cannot stop talking about that food.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
The personal touches everywhere. Brett’s dad hand painted all of the birdhouses for our centerpieces and created majority of the signs / decorations. Almost all of our décor was passed down or borrowed from our family and friends.
Our guestbook. We had one of our engagement pictures printed on a guitar and asked everyone to sign it. It is something that is now hanging in our house that we get to look at and read every day.
Our bridal party’s shoes. All of the girls wore their favorite boots and the boys wore their favorite tennis shoes. People said we were crazy to allow the boys to wear whatever, but they loved it. It was a way for them to add their own flair and be different…even if it meant seeing neon orange shoes in our wedding pictures.
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
My daddy/daughter dance. I am the youngest to four older brothers so I am truly daddy’s little girl. It is tough with him living in Michigan and I am in Nashville so I wanted this to be a special dance. I did something a little different and asked him to pick out the song. He surprised us all and started doing the robot to “Push It.” Everyone died laughing. But then it cut to “Timeless” by The Airborne Toxic Event. It is not your traditional daddy/daughter dance song, but I lost it hearing the lyrics. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place. I still can’t listen to the song without tearing up. I will be a daddy’s girl forever.